Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Part Two

 

Writing a New Chapter.

Part one of this blog was inspired by taking my daughter to see the West End musical Wicked over the summer holidays and noticing what a wonderful example of what happens when ‘fixed’ reality meets a different perspective. Noticing what happens when the story we know to be ‘true’ is viewed from a completely different perspective is similar to my experience of guiding clients on their journey from . Once a story is experienced from a new viewpoint, further perspectives and realities open up for us.

In the light of this, I wrote part one of this blog in order to challenge readers to consider what their current story, script, narrative, character, role, behaviours and outcomes would look like as a fairy tale from the positions of impartial and non-judgmental author and audience.

Why is this so important? Knowing your story lenses (biases, beliefs and assumptions etc) is knowing yourself, being aware of what triggers reactions or causes discomfort, what makes you happy and charges your batteries, how other people around you work and react in complex systems of other people. In short, awareness of yourself, others and the world around you.

So, with this and your story in mind, I invite you to consider what you would most like to:

  • Acknowledge
  • Honour
  • Change

About the story you wrote –

  • What did the story remind you of?
  • What patterns did you notice emerging?
  • What did you notice about other characters?
  • What did you notice about the effect of the environment on your story?
  • What changed along the journey of your story?
  • When you stepped back and looked at how your story has unfolded, what did you notice?
  • If your fairy tale was turned into a play, what would you notice about parts of the story that were hard and challenging for the character.
  • As an observer, what might you notice from your position in the audience that the character can’t see in that difficult moment?
  • What do you see from the wider picture?
  • What do you notice re-reading the story with hindsight and distance?
  • What sequences of events did you notice in a different light with hindsight?
  • What other interpretations of events could become possible?
  • How were events and narrative connected?
  • What is the guiding compass of your story?
  • What ‘Gremlins’ get in the way of the story?
  • What else did you notice?

Look at the sketch below

 

Consider this to be the storyboard template for the next chapter in your story. This is the chapter where we build a B.R.I.D.G.E. from our current story to where we decide we want our new chapter to take us and what we want that to be like.

B is for Baggage

Consider what baggage your character has collected and carried with them throughout your story. Imagine the contents in a large and heavy sack or, indeed, multiple. In order to move to the next chapter, your character has to go through the Eye of the Needle Gate. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Eye of the Needle in the biblical parable about the rich man who wanted to get to heaven. This gate was a small, ‘after hours’ entrance into the city of Jerusalem when all the main gates were closed. The idea was that anyone wanting to enter the city walls after hours would have to unload their camel one pack at a time and then carefully guide the animal through the small entrance. It was a slow and tedious task.

  • If you could choose, what would you leave behind before beginning the journey to your next chapter?

R is for Resources

Imagine you can take a small backpack through the narrow gate with you. There is still the contents of your previous baggage plus a tree of resources. Resources could be strengths, beliefs, thoughts, values, behaviour, attitudes, talents, understanding, awareness, support, etc.

  • What are the most important resources that you could not write the next chapter without?
  • Make a list of the resources in your rucksack.

I is for Impediment

  • What might be hiding under the bridge that you have to cross to get to the next chapter?
  • What gremlins might you have to overcome?
  • How would they try to hinder your journey?
  • How do they make themselves known?
  • What do they demand from you before letting you pass over the bridge?
  • How might this make a difference to your choice of resources you carry with you?

D is for Decisions

  • What could be asked of you?
  • What questions will you need to ask yourself?
  • What other questions will you need the answers to?
  • What decisions will you need to take?
  • What choices will you have to make?

G is for Gold

  • What do you want to be in the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow?
  • What do you want to see reflected in the golden mirror when you look into it?
  • What do you want the other side to look like, feel like, sound like, be like?
  • What could then be different in the new chapter to all the old ones?
  • What do you expect in the next chapter of your story?
  • What will you gain from crossing the bridge?

E is for End

  • How will you know you have achieved what you wanted to in this new chapter?
  • What will a happy ending look like?
  • What will be different about this ending?
  • How will this ending affect further chapters?
  • Who will benefit from this different ending and how?
  • How will you celebrate this new chapter and ending?
  • What else would you like to acknowledge and honour about where you are after this new chapter journey?

Now that you have some structure to your next chapter, what will you choose to do?

What have you found most difficult so far?

What next steps will you plan?

What will keep you on track?

How can your coach support you with this?

I would love to hear your stories and new chapters. These stories can be so valuable in developing your awareness and remember, the things we are unaware of control us but we have control of the things we see, know and understand.

What else might you not be fully seeing after this work? What’s next?

As follow up work, try putting other characters in your story in the leading role. Play with putting your character into 5 different narrative situations and identify the story, the narrative, the characters identity in this new narrative, their new behaviours and new plot outcomes.

It may sound like a lot of work, but ask yourself how much your character is worth? Do you choose the old story and backdrop or is it time for a change?

Wishing you a wonderful week and looking forward to hearing from you!

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